Saturday, May 30, 2009
Kevin Michael Whitesell, 31, of Terre Haute, IN
Friday, May 29, 2009
1st Kavya Shivashankar
2nd Tim Ruiter
3rd Aishwarya Pastapur
Here is the list of winners in the 21st Century.
2000 George Thampy
2001 Sean Conley
2002 Pratyush Buddiga
2003 Sai R. Gunturi
2004 David Scott Pilarski Tidmarsh
2005 Anurag Kashyap
2006 Katharine Close
2007 Evan O'Dorney
2008 Sameer Mishra
2009 Kavya Shivashankar
DIG S - sent this Global Language Monitor ranking of American colleges based on how often the schools appeared in the global media, a research company said Thursday.
10. UC Berkely
SPARTY recommends this short item concerning the Gettysburg Address CLICK
DASHMANN - recommends this from Andy Rooney: CLICK
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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Saturday, May 23, 2009
What better memorial?
Stories like this add so much interest to life ...
"Four people were shot Wednesday night, one fatally, at a memorial gathering for a Chicago man shot to death in Calumet City earlier in the day.
"Police said the victims were among a large group near East 94th Street and South Burnside Avenue who had gathered in remembrance of 24-year-old Michael Johnson, who was fatally shot early Wednesday morning following a bar fight in Calumet City."
I really don't think there is anything to argue about concerning the hit Niklas Kronwall put on Martin Havlat during the last game. It was a terrible collision, but absolutely a hit to be expected when one player is crossing with the puck into enemy territory. Everyone in the world knows, you keep your head up and avoid the hit.
The call was a questionable one. Neither ref's arm went up when the hit was made (as footage in the replay shows). Not even several seconds after it had occurred. Rules do allow linesmen to make calls for 5 minute majors. That may have been the case here.
Even then, the call can still be viewed as questionable. The puck was in Havlat's skates, and the hit was not from behind. There was also no elbow, and Kronwall did not jump prior to making contact. Some can argue that when taking into consideration how hard the hit looked and the damage it inflicted to Havlat, it is tough for the ref not to call something. However, the 5 minute major call remains questionable. Do legal hits become illegal when they injure someone? How hard are you allowed to hit someone?
From a very good long-time friend.
As I approach my 66th anniversary on Earth, especially on this Memorial Day weekend, it saddens me to realize, observing todays events , we , as human beings , are no closer to a peaceful coexistance with our brothers and sisters around the world and in this great nation than when I arrived on that war torn day in 1943.
Three of my favorite quotations that have probably been around in various wordings during mankind began pretty well illustrate what needs to happen to cure our ills, but I realize now they likely never will.
- Jack Nicholson in “Mars Attacks” ; “Why can’t we all just get along?”
- Bob Dylan ; “Where have all the flowers gone ??? When will we ever learn ????”
- Tony Soprano ; “You don’t have to take it all --- there’s enough for everbody”
What a great birthday present if those thoughts ever come true.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I am not disappointed by his failure to support a single-payer health system because I never expected him to propose such a system since he had opposed it during his campaign.
An appointed commission to investigate the use of torture during the Bush regime is better than nothing - I suppose. While nobody would argue that the methods used were the equal of those used by the Nazis and Japanese during WW II, that shouldn't be the threshold for punishing those who engage in establishing and carrying out a system of extreme interrogation methods. If it is, then it's not likely that anybody could ever be held responsible for such methods as water boarding. I want those who used these practices punished, whether they were following orders or not. BUT, I also want their superiors punished, and that includes the lawyers such as John Yoo who created the legal justification for the use of torture.
If we fail to hold people responsible for acts in violation of U.S. treaties and international law this time we are establishing the rationale for future use of similar methods.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
And the Red Wings are continuing their march toward the Stanley Cup. There was doubt about the defense and doubt about the goalie, Osgood, before the playoffs began, but both are doing a fabulous job.
What some friends are up to
BRENDA and STEVE - took cake and gifts to relatives in Saginaw and spent much of the weekend there. They are dearly loved -- and not just for cake and gifts. Steve helped on a couple of projects. What a hero!
ALICE - says never to go to Bay City without knowing where you're going because nobody there can tell you. She hasn't found anyone in the town who knows where the medical center is. And the sign is hidden behind unpruned foliage. Next she'll try finding her way out of town.
SPARTY - making a hearty effort to keep at least one golf course in business.
MARI at the Redeye - put on her pink suspenders to impress BOB, but he never showed up to appreciate it.
AMY, aka Mrs Mike - has decided to take a buyout and retire early. Welcome to the club, dear!
BILL from WNNCO - says that modern cars have become so safe that drivers can drive ever more idiotically and eescape with their lives. He says people forget that they have only a certain reaction time. It takes a half a second to respond to conditions. "That pile of fat and shit between the ears can only do so much!"
From JERRY -
At Dawn's, GIGI and LINDSAY
TRASE and SHARLEEN
Right here in our neighborhood is proof, don't put a hot grill in a garage.
Click on the picture to enlarge it. duhh
The Big D.
Monday, May 18, 2009
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CLICK for Booth website
LAVAL, QUEBEC, CANADA
For arresting a woman on a subway escalator for failing to hold the rail. When she objected that they were "horrible" and "disgusting"they also cited her for obstruction.
Even the transportation police (Societe de Transport de Montreal) thought this was out of line.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
I don't agree. There is no more sharp-tongued, snake-like, mouthy entertainer extant than Limbaugh, and there is nothing that hurts his feelings. He is wearing the armor of the bully and the smartmouth. Whenever I think about him, I hope there is a vengeful God.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Just in case you were wondering if the United States has a monopoly on organizational stupidity, here's this story.
BLACK SATURDAY is an expression used for the weekend in Australia when wildfires killed dozens of people in that country. In fact, it proved to be the worst fire disaster in the nation's history. The warning sirens were not sounded that night, sirens which might have prepared folks to flee the catastrophe.
Why weren't the sirens used? Because officials didn't want to overuse them. They were saving them for an emergency. Ta-DA!
CLICK for story
That's my hope for all of you.
BUD - bumper sticker seen: Guns Don't Kill People! Fathers with beautiful daughters do.
GIGI- recommends this article by Maureen Dowd about Elizabeth Edwards -- and, particularly, husband John's affair. CLICK
DASHMANN - suggests that it's possible that the surgical mask manufacturers are behind the swine flu scare.
IRISH MIKE - reports that despite the bad economy, his son has suddenly received a good summer job thanks to the President's "stimulus package." So, in this one corner, it's beginning to work.
PAT W - advises this: Don't ever go to Parkersburg West Virginia. It's an awful place. It's kind of a dirty little valley to begin with and then some engineer has screwed everything up with a nightmare road system.
LINDA - regaled the coffee club with this story: When she told her mother that she was planning on going to Paris, her mother was astounded. "You don't want to go there. Your Dad went there and he hated it." Retort: "That was during the war. Everyone hated it!"
JERRY- forwards an email he received advising us all top start buying more American made products. There is a simple way to do this: So my challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbor's!
MIKE THE ADMINISTRATOR - tells a joke that got him booed: What do you name a child born between cannons on a British war ship? A "son of a gun.." His membership in the human race is now being reconsidered.
LIAM - has started turning over.
SANDY - is to become a grandmother. It's already identified as a boy.
SPARTY - recommends a fun but pointed opinion from the New Yorker Magazine which suggests that there are some advantages to letting the southern states secede again as the Governor of Texas has suggested. EXCERPT:
A more intimately sized Congress would briskly enact sensible gun control, universal health insurance, and ample support for the arts, the humanities, and the sciences.
CLICK FOR ARTICLE
BILL FROM WNNCO- forwards this joke:
It was once said that a black man would be president “when pigs fly.”
Indeed, 100 days into Obama’s presidency…. Swine Flu
Some more snapshots
MARSHA modeling new "garden party" outfit:
It's just a joke, arranged by Grandpa
BUDDY ON VACATION
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
King Abdullah of Jordan has said that if the U.S. (and Obama) fails this year to get a settlement on the Palestinian matter, there will be a war in a year or so. The Middle East will erupt, he says. The whole world will be drawn into the calamity.
I hope he is wrong, because Obama cannot be expected to work miracles where so many former American governments have failed. On the other hand, other Presidents have made some great advances in settling matters over there. In fact, President Carter shared a Nobel Peace Prize for his work, and it is said that Clinton came within a hair's breadth of a settlement just before he left office. The problem os course has been that in the past few years, the crisis has boiled repeatedly to a hot steam. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and injured. If the U.S. really is the only force which can bring a settlement to the area, then we have shirked our responsibility shamefully recently. Instead making matters worse in Iraq, we should have expended our resources more fruitfully in making peace, not war.
This was another grave error from the wasted years that bastard was in the White House.
Call me a dirty old man if you wish --- please. Seems to me the problem for Miss California is not that there are half nude pictures of her out and about on the internet, but that they are only half nude. "Half nude" is what she was at the Beauty Pageants. Give us something to drool over. Surely we
RULE 5 You shall not shoot your relatives. Especially your kids.
RULE 6 You shall not shoot other drivers even if they deserve it. After all, most drivers are dumb and mentally disturbed just like you.
RULE 7 You shall not shoot stop sings and other roadside guides.
RULE 8 You shall not shoot insulators out of power poles.
RULE 9 You shall not shoot the small critters of the countryside just to watch them blow up.
Any of you readers like to add to this list?
And JERRY sends this visual aid for an example of poor parenting, and really bad gun safety behavior.